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Gold Necklace with Ornaments

Date:
6th century
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
34 7/8 × 2 11/16 × 9/16 in., 7.936oz. (88.6 × 6.8 × 1.4 cm, 225g) Other (pendant cross): 2 11/16 × 1 7/8 × 3/8 in. (6.8 × 4.8 × 1 cm) Other (pendant): 1 7/16 x 11/16 x 1/2 in. (3.7 x 1.7 x 1.2 cm) Other (pendant): 1 3/8 x 5/8 x 1/2 in. (3.5 x 1.6 x 1.2 cm) Other (pendant): 1 5/16 x 11/16 x 9/16 in. (3.3 x 1.7 x 1.4 cm) Other (pendant): 1 9/16 x 11/16 x 1/2 in. (4 x 1.8 x 1.2 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.151
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
The eleven extensively detailed ornaments—a cross, a pair of leaves, and eight amphorae (vases) of varying shapes—are separated by hexagonal gold spacers meant to resemble miniature columns.
Cyprus Treasure, found at Karavas, Cyprus, 1902; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Dalton, O. M. Byzantine Art and Archeology. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1911. pp. 534-549, fig. 317.

Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. The Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 1st ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1925. p. 40, fig. 20, ill. p. 41.

Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. The Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 2nd ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929. p. 40, fig. 19, ill. p. 41.

Wagner de Kertesz, Margarita. Historia Universal de las Joyas. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Centurion, 1947. p. 235.

Oved, Sah. The Book of Necklaces. London: A. Baker, 1953. pp. 50-65, fig. XVII.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Guide to the Collections: Medieval Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1962. fig. 12.

Ostoia, Vera K. The Middle Ages: Treasures from the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1969. no. 20, pp. 50-1, 253.

Stylianou, A. and J. Hoi thesauroi tes Lampouses. Vasilia, Lapethos, Cyprus, 1969. pp. 49-64, fig. 40.

Beeson, Nora B., ed. Guide to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972. no. 16, p. 213, fig. 16.

Gómez-Moreno, Carmen. "Gold." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 31, no. 2 (1972–1973). pp. 98-99.

Weitzmann, Kurt, ed. Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979. no. 285, p. 311.

Yeroulanou, Aimilia. "Common Elements in 'Treasures' of the Early Christian Period.." In Byzanz – das Römerreich im Mittelalter: Volume 1, Welt der Ideen, Welt der Dinge, edited by Falko Daim, and Jörg Drauschke. Mainz: Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, 2010. pp. 354-355, fig. 25.

Humphrey, Lyle. "Collecting Christianity on the Nile: J. Pierpont Morgan and The Metropolitan Museum of Art." In Age of Transition: Byzantine Culture in the Islamic World, edited by Helen C. Evans. New York: Yale University Press, 2015. pp. 3-4, fig. 3.

Thomas, Thelma K., ed. Designing Identity: The Power of Textiles in Late Antiquity. New York: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 2016. no. 2, p. 144, ill.



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